Why don't electric cars look like the future?

Electric cars were supposed to be the future – or at least look like it. So now they're here, why do they still look like ordinary petrol and diesel cars and not dazzling props from a science fiction film.

Evaporation dynamics at the nano- and micro-scale

A new evaporation dynamics study finds that very small droplets evaporate more slowly than predicted by current models. Researchers from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS) in Warsaw, ...

World mayors pledge emissions-free cities by 2030

The mayors of London, Los Angeles, Paris and several other major world cities are pledging to ban gasoline and diesel vehicles from "large parts" of their cities by 2030.

Cool flames for better engines

A "cool flame" may sound contradictory, but it's an important element of diesel combustion—one that, once properly understood, could enable better engine designs with higher efficiency and fewer emissions.

Soil amendments for healthier spinach

Soils keep plants healthy by providing plants with water, helpful minerals, and microbes, among other benefits. But what if the soil also contains toxic elements?

Creating longer-lasting fuel cells

Fuel cells could someday generate electricity for nearly any device that's battery-powered, including automobiles, laptops and cellphones. Typically using hydrogen as fuel and air as an oxidant, fuel cells are cleaner than ...

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